Meaning of firmly in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəːmli/

Translate firmly into Spanish


  • 1With little possibility of movement; securely.

    ‘the door remained firmly shut’
    • ‘his work is rooted firmly in Chinese culture’
    • ‘The dialects of Northumberland have their foundations firmly rooted in Old English Anglo-Saxon, with huge influences from Scandanavia.’
    • ‘Once the completed manuscript was bound between rigid covers clasped firmly shut, it was well protected.’
    • ‘If they decided to sign, they would risk the anger of France and Germany, who were firmly embedded in the camp of "old Europe."’
    • ‘The aims are to provide a fresh approach to the particular subject, to give the author's own distinctive contribution, and to place both firmly in their historical contexts.’
    • ‘The family now had branches firmly settled in Michigan and Massachusetts.’
    • ‘Perhaps there is something in our ethnic genes that is firmly anchored in the past.’
    • ‘His feet were planted very firmly on the ground, and his instincts remained those of the practical farmer.’
    • ‘It's an action-packed piece, with all the suspense and espionage cliches firmly in place.’
    • ‘As she learns, having both feet firmly planted on the ground may not be the highest and best use of them.’
    • ‘Her right arm had been broken and was held firmly in a cast.’
    1. 1.1In a way that uses steady power or strength.
      ‘I had her wrist grasped firmly in my hand’
      • ‘stop the bleeding by pressing firmly’
      • ‘If the camera has to be hand-held, brace the camera firmly, locking elbows against the body, or brace hands and body on a solid object such as a table.’
      • ‘His foot was tingling, so he stepped on it firmly to squash it out.’
      • ‘He folded another shirt and placed it firmly in his suitcase.’
      • ‘His hands touched my face, gripped it firmly, and forced my head up to see he was crying.’
      • ‘She quickly grabbed her and held her firmly against her hip so she couldn't get away.’
      • ‘It was then that I noticed there was a pair of arms wrapped firmly and protectively around my waist.’
      • ‘As she sat on her bed, her eyes closed tightly, her hands firmly pushed into her lap, she heard her door open and close.’
      • ‘He grasped the diploma firmly in his hand and walked proudly across the stage.’
      • ‘I picked it up with my other hand and firmly grasped the blade between my index finger and thumb.’
      • ‘Pinch firmly to sever the tip of the stem.’
    2. 1.2With resolute determination and strength of character.
      ‘the council is firmly committed to raising standards in education’
      • ‘Neither the federal nor the provincial government is firmly committed to long-term agri-environmental programs.’
      • ‘A spokesman said the company remained "very firmly behind biotech technology."’
      • ‘The minister said he stood firmly behind the man who had proposed him for the party leadership.’
      • ‘They remain firmly allied to the South, and their troops in combat zones along the border would still act as a tripwire in any North/South war.’
      • ‘The international community was firmly against this military adventure.’
      • ‘The queen stood firmly behind her government when they refused to propose a bill permitting the marriage.’
      • ‘If you tell yourself firmly that it is doing you good, you can get a couple of glasses down.’
      • ‘We are firmly against the forcible acquisition for our land at paltry compensation rates.’
      • ‘The government remains firmly committed to this overall approach and expects the department to develop its work with health authorities.’
      • ‘Firmly holding that research determines the economic, social, and political development of a nation, he rebuffed all pseudoscience, such as astrology.’
    3. 1.3Without doubt; definitely.
      ‘I firmly believe that we could do better’
      • ‘his reputation is now firmly established’
      • ‘By the mid-century, the market for paintings had been firmly established.’
      • ‘I firmly believe we still have to teach "how to fish."’
      • ‘He firmly believes that a healthful, well-managed dairy farm "starts with the soil."’
      • ‘By that time, the institutions, markets, and practices we associate with cultural production were firmly established.’
      • ‘She firmly believes the event was a miracle.’
      • ‘She's acceptable in the early scenes when her character is firmly in command, but once things start to unravel she appears lost at sea.’
      • ‘In any event, I am firmly of the view that this is not a case for total indemnity in the awarding of costs.’
      • ‘They have firmly accepted the Confucian belief in the perfectibility and educability of the common person.’
      • ‘I came away from it firmly convinced that appearances weren't important.’
      • ‘Triumph is firmly certain now that conviction has been ascertained within the souls, minds, and ardors.’